Painting Life with Life w/ Bev Jozwiak 2020
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Painting Life with Life
w/ Bev Jozwiak

New Date for 2020: Friday-Sunday / May 15-17, 2020

Time:  Friday- Saturday 10:30am-4:30pm
            Sunday 8:30am-2:30pm

Cost: $425

Location:  ArtWorks in Edmonds - a lovely, large space with plenty of parking places! 201 2nd Ave S., Edmonds, WA 98020 (at the corner of Dayton St and 2nd Ave.)

“Painting Life” as in figures and animals, including wild life, domestic animals, and birds like crows and roosters, owls and herons. And “with life”- capturing that energy and vivacity as nationally known artist Bev Jozwiak is famous for. You'll learn Bev's tips and tricks, like recipes for great skin tones, good ways to paint hair, how to choose good photographs to work from, and much more. (See the notes after the supply list for important tips from Bev on choosing subject matter and choosing photos to paint from for this workshop.)

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Learn to paint boldly with vivid color. Learn to think outside the box, and paint outside the lines! As Bev demos every day, you'll watch her examples of basic color mixing, including luscious greens, glowing whites, great grays, and rich blacks. She demos twice a day, usually about an hour each. With time to paint your passion after each demo, and receive individual attention when you need it, you’ll develop good composition and strong values.

This workshop is a no-nonsense approach to watercolor, focusing on answering many questions artists ask: "Why is my work muddy?" and "How can I loosen up?" It is designed to help students at every skill level to master techniques, and work on design and color.

“Painting Life with Life” is also the title of Bev’s book. You can order a copy from ARTspot and bring it to the workshop for her autograph. To make certain your copy arrives in time, remember to call ARTspot several weeks before the workshop and place your order.

Bev is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor society, the NWWS, and others. She is an international award-winning artist, has published a book, authored 2 articles and been featured in numerous magazines and books. She is a highly sought-after instructor and lecturer throughout the U.S., and we feel very fortunate to have her as one of our Cole Art Studio instructors.  We are limiting the number of students to just 21 and it's already over half full! Sign up quickly before this wonderful opportunity is gone!

This workshop will be at ArtWorks - just 3 blocks away from Cole Gallery, with an airy, large space and their own parking lot. Notice also the varied times (from 1030-430pm on Friday and Saturday and running from 830-230 on Sunday).

Supply List:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.  Artspot's Web Site

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at

- air tight palette such as Mijello Fusion, Alvin Heritage or John Pike Palette


  • 140lb Hotpress: Fabriano Artistico or Legion Stonehenge Aqua. Bring an extra sheet or two (see note below in paragraph starting with “Important!”)

  • Note: Bev doesn't paint in standard sizes, long and skinny or square suits her just fine. She encourages you to use a half sheet at least - painting too small makes it hard to paint loose.

Paints: Although Bev tends to use Winsor Newton, she also recommends professional brands such as Holbein, M. Graham, or other professional-quality brands.

Suggested colors:

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Sap Green (Holbein)

  • French Ultra Marine Blue (Daniel Smith has a good one)

  • Manganese Blue Hue

  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson

  • Rose Madder Genuine - this one must be Winsor Newton brand

  • Cadmium Red

  • Cadmium Yellow

  • Verditer (Holbein)

Optional colors:

  • Naples Yellow

  • New Gamboge

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Winsor Blue (Red Shade) or Pthalo Blue works too.

  • Winsor Green (Blue shade) or Pthalo Green is a good sub.

  • Cadmium Orange

  • Aureolin

Brushes: Good quality, but affordable synthetic brushes (like Snap brush or Princeton 4050 brand)

  • #10 round

  • 1” Flat (opt. - Bev rarely uses this one)

  • Small detail brush with a good point (opt.)

  • A good Mop brush (opt.)

  • Or your favorite brushes
    (A couple of Bev’s favorites are Cheap Joe’s Golden Fleece in #10 round, or their Dream Catcher #10 round, or #8 which holds a lot of water;  and DaVinci Maestro Kolinsky series 35 #12.) Ask the staff at ARTspot for their good suggestions.

Other Supplies:

  • Masking Fluid

  • Gesso (acrylic). If you have this already, bring it. If not, you can use some of Bev’s

  • 8B or 9B pencil

  • Kneadable eraser

  • Spray bottle

  • Plastic tub for water

  • Paper towels

  • Mr. Clean magic eraser (the original)

  • Easel (optional) - Bev paints at a slight slant on easel and gator board (for workshops she usually just brings a piece of foam core and a shoe box.) Whatever you have will work.

Notes from Bev:

Important! Come with all drawings done BEFORE class ~ Bev likes to dive right in and focus on painting. How many depends on how fast of a painter you are - Bev suggests about 6, and bring extra paper in case you have more time. (Sometimes Bev paints on yupo, a fun, tree-free paper. Bring a piece if you would like to try it. She can help you.)

Regarding subjects to paint - anything from people to birds and animals. She paints the figure, but she says, "I don’t consider myself a portrait painter. Besides faces, think about the figure from the back, the side, and slight profiles too. Feel free to paint flowers, still lifes, or whatever you love.  I can help with your vision. Some of my favorites are faces, people, crows, herons, roosters, and sometimes dogs or wildlife. The lessons will be more about design, clean color, color mixing, values, lost and found edges, etc., than painting an exact subject, so feel free to paint your passion."

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Bring photos to paint from! If you want to paint a figure, look for very strong, dramatic light on the photographs of your figures. See the photo for an example of correct lighting. Take your photos near windows or outside for the best results, not flash photography.

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.